Michigan State Basketball: Who's to Blame for Sweet 16 Flop Against Duke?

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Michigan State Basketball: Who's to Blame for Sweet 16 Flop Against Duke?
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The journey is abruptly over for a Michigan State squad that had its sights set on the Final Four. The Spartans couldn't keep up with Duke in the second half of a highly anticipated Sweet 16 showdown Friday evening in Indianapolis.

The fellas from East Lansing exited the tournament to the tune of a 71-61 defeat.

For the third time since 2008, Tom Izzo's team was stopped short in the Sweet 16. Third-seeded Michigan State managed to rough up Memphis in the round of 32, setting the stage for a prime time showdown between perennial powers and premier coaches. 

Second-seeded Duke moves on to an Elite Eight collision with overall No. 1 Louisville on Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, Michigan State must pick up the pieces and take a look in the mirror.

The Spartans enjoyed yet another strong season under Izzo, but there's blame to go around after a disheartening loss to Duke. Here a look at individuals who struggled to answer the Blue Devils' efforts in Indy. 

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